ENT-20806 Integrated Pest Management


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. M Dicke
dr. ing. GJZ Gols
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. M Dicke
dr. ir. A Goverse
dr. ir. W van der Werf
dr. ir. VID Ros
prof. dr. ir. RAA van der Vlugt
dr. VGAA Vleeshouwers
prof. dr. ir. FPM Govers
Examiner(s)prof. dr. M Dicke

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This course takes an integrative approach to the development of durable cropping systems that connects different disciplines, with special emphasis on the control of diseases and pests and the breeding of crops for quality aspects and resistance to (a)biotic stresses. The course includes information on:
- breeding for plant quality characteristics and for resistance against (a)biotic stress, quantitative aspects;
- control of plant diseases and pests with an emphasis on integrated approaches;
- integrative approaches to breeding and the control of pests and diseases;
- IPM; biological control of diseases and pests, chemical control, biotechnology for pest control, foodweb interactions, cultural control;
- epidemiology.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- exemplify the main principles of quantitative genetics and be able to explain different approaches towards breeding for qualitative and quantitative traits;
- explain the main factors that are important to understand the epidemiology of pests and diseases;
- describe the different methods of pest management to be used for the prevention of damage caused by plant pests, diseases and weeds, with an emphasis on environmentally sound and safe methods of pest control;
- develop decisions about integrated pest management by focusing on the interactions between plant pests and the abiotic and biotic factors that affect these pests.


- lectures;
- practical training;
- excursions, project work.


The examination is based on a written exam and performance in and reporting on the practical training and project work.


Acquaah. (2007). Principles of plant genetics and breeding, 1st ed. ISBN 1405136464
Agrios. (2004). Plant Pathology, 5th ed. ISBN 0120445654.

Compulsory for: BPWPlant SciencesBSc6AF